Secrets to finding your way around the MU Recreation Complex

Thursday, July 25, 2013 | 6:00 a.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — MU is huge. It's hard to navigate,  and it seems like there are a million students.

The MU Student Recreation Complex is also huge. But there are secrets, there are short-cuts and there are ways to tame it.


The place: Remember the monkey bars and slides in elementary school? That's not the jungle gym at MU.

The Jungle Gym at the MU rec complex refers to the section of cardiovascular machines.

The secret: The Jungle Gym can get really crowded, especially in the early evening, and there is a 30-minute time limit on each machine. Go early in the morning or early afternoon when many people are in class.


The place: Cycling is a work-out, and Tiger Lair is the perfect setting, whether you're a beginning or advanced cyclist. The room is jungle-themed and has state-of-the-art bikes. 

The secret: To get into a cycling class, you have to call ahead and reserve a spot. You can't just show up like you do for other Tiger-X classes. Decide when you want to go and call to save yourself a spot. 


The place: If running in place on a treadmill is not your thing, then the upstairs track may be the answer for you. It takes six laps to make a mile. 

The secret: The corners of the track are great places to do ab work and toning. There aren't many people around, which gives you a workout location in a quiet setting. Mats are available near the track to make it more comfortable. 


The place: The aquatic facility goes beyond the awesome competition pool. Tiger Grotto includes a huge hot tub, waterfall, whirlpool and sauna. 

The secret: The grotto is a good place to unwind after a long day or recover after a tough workout. In the sauna or steam room, you can sweat out your stress or calm down after pushing your heart rate. 

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